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Delayed PBSA Scheme Leaves Students Scrambling for Accommodation

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Students in Portsmouth have been forced to stay in alternative accommodation after a £30m block of accommodation wasn't finished in time for the start of term.

Crosslane Student Developments had planned to open a 19-storey scheme called Stanhope House in Commercial Road in term for the 2019-20 academic year. However, the block is still under construction and undergraduates due to move into the PBSA have been asked to stay at home for two to three weeks.

Those who wanted to stay in Portsmouth were to be put up in Travelodge in Kingston Crescent, however, the hotel reportedly told students the rooms wouldn't be immediately available.

Crosslane attributed to the delay to unforeseen circumstances, which delayed the build.

The site is due to be managed by Prime Student Living, with managing director Steve Goldstraw saying that the firm had 'communicated with students as soon as we could to inform them of the situation, what it means to them and of course to unreservedly apologise for what is very disappointing and concerning news'.

Meanwhile, a university spokesman said: "The failure of Prime Student Living to fulfil their obligations to our students does not have a direct cost to the university."

"However, there will be a cost to the university to provide additional support and welfare to our students although we don't know yet what that will be."